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. >>> president obama is criticizing senate republicans who are blocking the nomination of chuck hagel. the president made the announcement on google. gop senators are blocking hagel's confirmation vote from moving forward. the filibuster vote is unprecedented. but senate republicans say they plan to go forward with an up or down vote after they come back from a 10 daybreak. since the democrats have the majority, hagel should be confirmed. >>> the board voted late last night to chose crest view elementary school. many feel it'll be a great disappointment for kids who lost their homes to a fire. the plan is to close crest moor elementary at the end of this school year. >>> we're with police as they crack down on cab drivers. the dangers riders face and may not even know it. >>> up first a rare sight inside the walls of a bay area jail. the song and dance that carries a heavy message. >>> people around the world spent their valentine's day dancing to end domestic violence including one place you might not expect. >> and pump it up. >> reporter: dozens of inmates at the san francisco coun
a good job. >>> hagel has been confirmed. many republicans opposed hagel's nomination because of comments he made about iran. >>> statewide 54% of those asked say they favor legalizing marijuana but with the same kind of restrictions as alcohol. 43% oppose legalizing marijuana. in the bay area though, 66% approved. now back in 1969 when this question was first asked just 13% of california voters approved of legalizing marijuana statewide. >>> a large number of californians 67% oppose the federal crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries. 27% favor it and 58% favor the idea of allowing dispensaries in their cities or towns. >>> the coast guard called off its massive search for a 29- foot sailboat with four people that was said to be missing off the coast of monday -- of monterey. questions are being raised now about whether it was just a hoax. ktvu's ken wayne asked coast guard officials about that now and he joins us now in the newsroom with what they said. >> reporter: the coast guard told me that they are still treating this as a serious case. this coast guard chart show
his job today after a contentious nomination battle with republicans. chuck hagel took the office with his wife holding the bible. then it was off to the pentagon. he said that the looming budget cuts present a real challenge. >> they are going to define much of who we are. not this institution only, but our country. what kind of a world our children are going to inherit. >> hagel has another major challenge, winding down the war in afghanistan. in a statement, he said 34,000 troops will be coming home this year, and all combat troops are to withdraw by the end of next year. >>> protesters from a local group that works on drug and alcohol rehabilitation staged a rally right in front of the ktvu studios this morning. members of building for a solid foundation in oakland wanted to distance themselves from individuals we reported on, on monday. in a special report about donations made outside of local businesses that may not be going to real charities. the organization aformed what we reported that building for a solid foundation is a legal non- profit group. >> they take our idea, a
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